The only way the Utah legislature will legalize any use of medical
marijuana--including reasonable use of CBD oil, which creates none of the
psychoactive effects of THC that makes marijuana a recreational drug, and should
be dealt with separately from THC--is if Proposition 2 passes. If Proposition 2
does not pass, it is obvious--despite all the empty promises--that the Utah
legislature will do nothing more to legalize medical marijuana until another
voter initiative is in the works in a couple more years, or until the Federal
government deals with the issue (much like gay marriage).No one
needs to worry about unintentional legalization of recreational marijuana use in
Utah if Proposition 2 passes. If there is any element of recreational use in
the Proposition 2 initiative, it will be immediately eradicated by the next
session of the ultra-conservative Utah legislature.Therefore, it
appears that those who do not favor Proposition 2 (even on religious or moral
grounds) are either just ignorant of reality, or have some monetary motive for
opposing its success.
If you want to know how bad recreational marijuana is, just go visit downtown
Denver. Everybody on both sides knows that this is not about just true medical
marijuana. This is about getting recreational marijuana everywhere. I just spent
two weeks in Colorado and the homelessness there is horrific. Yet somehow they
all have enough money for a joint.
Re: "I have friends and family who are suffering and I'm tired of the
resistance to medical MJ . . . ."Your friends and family will be
harmed, not helped by Prop. 2. That's the dirty little secret
"medical" weed advocates don't want you to know.Having
uncontrolled and unverified weed distributed by people primarily interested in
making money, not in alleviating suffering, is a recipe for recurring disaster,
not just for your friends and family, but for my kids and grandkids, as well as
the rest of the state.This comes as a shock to many, but there are
valid and important interests at stake beyond whatever selfish motives weed
advocates may cite.You vote as you will, but don't be surprised
when the rest of us vote against converting Utah into Colorado, Arizona,
California, Washington, or Oregon, with all the ills that have crept into their
societies.We're not voting against you -- we're voting
against the inevitable evils of increasing weed availability and consumption you
just can't or won't see.And we're voting for
Regardless of the outcome of the election MJ will still be illegal. As a federally controlled substance it needs to be addressed at the federal
level. Determine the proper medicinal use of extracted CBD, train Doctors in
how to prescribed and dose, dispense only by licensed pharmacies and
pharmacists. Even House Minority Leader Brian King, D-Salt Lake, has
said there are "problematic aspects" of Proposition 2.As
written Proposition 2 is bad; just ask law enforcement, ask the Utah Medical
Association ask the Utah Hospital Association.
@procuradorfiscal"It's clear that too many politicians in our
state have been bought off by the big money associated with weed use and stand
ready and willing to step in from the wings and bail out Weed, Inc., even after
a majority of Utahns express a desire to remain weed-free."Really? Where do you get your information? Thin air? Most Utah politicians are
"donated" to by Big Pharma and are against this. Most Utah voters (73%)
want MMJ. Please, do some research before you post comments.
@procuradorfiscal: The Utah Medical Association has no interest in legalizing
medical marijuana unless they and their co-conspirators, Big Pharma, can profit
from it. And the only way they profit is if they create drugs like Marinol, a
synthetic form, that doesn't work to alleviate the pain of most patients.
I have friends and family who are suffering and I'm tired of
the resistance to medical MJ from people who have a vested financial interest in
keeping it illegal.I am voting FOR Prop 2.
Re: ". . . We feel like we have a highly regulated, conservative approach to
medical cannabis in the state," [Schanz of Weed, Inc.] said.Yeah, a "highly regulated, conservative [and very well-funded by
recreational weed interests] approach" that bypasses the medical community,
entirely, then has the chutzpah to bill itself as a "medical" weed
initiative.It's clear that too many politicians in our state
have been bought off by the big money associated with weed use and stand ready
and willing to step in from the wings and bail out Weed, Inc., even after a
majority of Utahns express a desire to remain weed-free.Making a
political pact to benefit financially from the evil designs of these conspiring
men is, literally, making a deal with the devil.
I bet this session will accomplish the same as the last four. In other words,
nothing. Here is my prediction: Prop 2 passes. The legislature will then step in
and effectively gut it. Then the same people will reelect the same legislators
they've had for years and complain that nothing ever changes. Medical
cannabis is already legal in 30 other states and recreational is legal in nine,
as well as nationally in Canada. But count on the fact that 49 other states will
have it before Utah does.
Herbert is acting in bad faith, at best.Enough stonewalling! People
are suffering!And the people obstructing their relief are people who
have no personal interest in medicinal marijuana!Stop forcing others
to live by your archaic ideas!Vote Yes on Prop 2!
I wish voters could call a "special election" to eliminate those
lawmakers that subvert the will of the people and the voting process. Get rid of
Classic republican religoslature politics. Sit on your hands and do nothing for
YEARS and then plan ahead to undo the will of the people with a special session,
even though you have the regular session two months later. And yet the
voters will line up, pull the elephant lever, and waddle out having never given
it any thought.
The major problem is that we've lost trust in the church, the legislature,
and the UMA to enact any meaningful change. They've had lots of
opportunities and have continued to stonewall
"Herbert pledged to use his office's "bully pulpit" to ensure
lawmakers take action on medical marijuana no matters what happens with
Proposition 2, the initiative to legalize its use.Sounds like
Herbert and the legislature already has their collective minds set to ignore the
voting public AFTER the mid-term election.